Mayor de Blasio; Christie Timeline; Charlie Crist; American Hustle

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Monday, February 03, 2014

Bill de Blasio holds up his policy book at a rally for comprehensive immigration reform the day after the second mayoral debate. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

A letter released on Friday afternoon claims evidence exists that Governor Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge closings as they were happening, and that he mislead the public in a press conference about the scandal. Matt Katz gives us a what-Christie-new-when timeline. Then: New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim talks about why New York City schools should get a day off for the first day of the Lunar New Year. Plus: Charlie Crist is the former governor of Florida and formerly Republican. He’ll talk about why he switched to the Democratic Party; Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses what’s happened in his first month in office; and background and context for the real-life events in “American Hustle.” 

A What-Christie-Knew-When Timeline

Former Port Authority official David Wildstein released a letter Friday claiming "evidence exists" that shows Governor Christie knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closings as they were happening, contrary to what he said in a January press conference. Christie responded with a letter of his own accusing Wildstein and The New York Times of botching the facts. New Jersey Public Radio reporter Matt Katz discusses the latest news, and tries to lay out a "what-Christie-knew-when" timeline.

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Lunar New Day Off?

Ron Kim, New York State Assembly Member, explains why the Lunar New Year should be a day off for kids in New York City public schools, and how it could be accomplished. Plus WNYC Data News reporter Coulter Jones discusses some of the reporting Schoolbook has done around Lunar New Year school attendance.

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Former(ly Republican) Florida Governor

Charlie Crist, former Florida governor, author of The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat (co-written with Ellis Henican (Dutton, 2014)), talks about why he switched from the Republican to Democratic party and his campaign to reclaim the office.

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De Blasio: It's All About Inequality

The mayor also copped to dropping Staten Island Chuck during a Groundhog Day ceremony. "That is a fiesty groundhog," he says.

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Context and a Movie: American Hustle

Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, talks about the real story of Camden Mayor Errichetti, who is the basis for one of the characters in the movie, American Hustle. Plus, Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, now airing on WNYC, offers a critic's take on the film.

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